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Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río

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PENALVER VALIDO, Raysa  and  LOPEZ ESTEVEZ, Alexis. Pericardial Lipoma: a case report. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.6, pp.196-201. ISSN 1561-3194.

Introduction: primary heart tumors are rare. According to several necropsia studies, their incidence varies from 0.001% to 0.28% and in their majority (75%), they have a benign character; lipomas represent the 8.4% among all the primary heart tumors. Case report: male patient, Caucasian race, 62 years old, smoker, with antecedents of bronchial asthma degree 2, who attended at Pedro Borras Astorga (outpatient) Clinic in La Palma in October 2012, referring effort dyspnea, two-month history, and ocasional dry cough. During the body examination, no data of interest was compiled regarding both the respiratory and cardivascular systems. The patients went through complementary tests such as chest X-rays, where a radio-opaque lesion is visualized at the right cardiophrenic angle, because of which a Multislice CAT to the chest is indicated, and shows low-density images located in connection with the parietal pericardium, turning out to be a pericardial lipoma. Conclusions: multislice CAT constitutes an indispensable test to the diagnosis, because it shown with a high specificity, some aspects such as location, dimension, and density.

Keywords : Lipoma; Pericardium; Tomography.

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